March 19, 2014
By Billy Graham
The cross of Jesus Christ was the culmination of the one life that held more suffering than any other in human history. His was the suffering of the entire world. And God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Since the day of crucifixion, the cross has been the supreme symbol of salvation from sin.
God says there is no hope for the world aside from the cross. We look to the leadership of men, the progress of scientific discovery, or the spread of knowledge and think human beings can find solutions to our problems. But our hope rests not in a system, or a government, or a philosophy, but in the cross of Christ.
To many people, the mention of the blood of Christ is distasteful. However, on my last visit to the Mayo clinic I noticed that at each reception desk there is a box holding large square pamphlets entitled “A Gift of Life” urging people to donate blood to the blood bank. Anyone who has gone through surgery and looked up to see the bag of blood dripping slowly into his veins realizes with gratitude the life-giving property of blood.
The message of the blood, the cross, and the world of redemption is still “foolishness” to those who are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18), but “to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
*From Hope for the Troubled Heart, 1991
Make plans to share this message of The Cross this Easter – it’s only one month away! Host an event in your home or church and invite your friends and neighbors. This is the only message of hope for this world; don’t miss an opportunity to share it.